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Women's Learning Circle

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The Clinton and Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation Districts will host a Women’s Learning Circle for women landowners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Camp George C. Cullom near Frankfort.

“The program was initiated because estimates indicate that women now own or co-own nearly half the farmland in the Midwest,” said Leah Harden, district administrator for the Clinton County SWCD. “Many inherited from spouses or parents, but they are always sure about the management decisions. This is a forum for women only to come and learn about land management decisions from other women.”

The focus of this year’s workshop is Woodland Management. Attendees may connect one-on-one with local natural resource professionals to have their questions answered and to learn about resources to help them manage your woodlands, promote wildlife habitat, manage invasive species, apply for cost-share programs and find technical assistance.

The Women4theLand Conservation Learning Circle is a women-only, peer-to-peer, informal discussion about conservation, individual land stewardship goals and information sharing.

The Women’s Learning Circle is a model being supported by Women4theLand, a partnership of agricultural and natural resource conservation agencies and organizations working together to provide information, networking opportunities, education and resources to Indiana women landowners and farmers.

“It is information sharing,” Harden said. “These women can learn about what their individual land stewardship goals might be, and they learn from each other. Each of them has their own story to tell. They learn from each other and can take that away. It is very informal. It has been very successful. We have seen the numbers grow, so we know there is a need for this type of workshop.”

This event is free to attend, however space is limited to the first 20 RSVPs. Preferred registration is reserved for women who own or lease ground in Clinton or Carroll County. The day will include tours of the Camp Cullom woodlands and a local woman landowner’s property. Reasonable accommodations for the field tour can be made if notified in advance.

Locally prepared lunch, snacks and handouts will be provided. Register today at Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/women4-the-land-conservation-learning-circle-tickets-70293354315, or contact Leah Harden at 659-1223 extension 3 or email leah.harden@in.nacdnet.net.